Paid parking at Grand Haven beach moves step closer to reality
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Grand Haven has taken a big step toward implementing paid parking for visitors to its beach and possibly downtown. The expectation is to finalize a parking plan by the end of the year, with an eye toward implementing paid parking along “the waterfront” in summer 2023. Lowe asked that parking at the Lake Forest Cemetery on Lake Avenue be reviewed for possible inclusion in paid parking since many beach-goers park there. This year, there is no charge for the weekend shuttles that run between Grand Haven City Beach and free parking lots in Grand Haven and Spring Lake. Muskegon implemented paid beach parking in 2020.mlive.com
Paid parking in Grand Haven’s downtown, waterfront proposed by city staff
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Paid parking in downtown Grand Haven and at its waterfront starting in 2023 is being recommended by city staff. First proposed in 2019, the idea of paid parking was placed on hold with the arrival of COVID and its economic hardships. If paid parking is implemented May 1, that would cover just two months of paid parking since the fiscal year goes through June 30, 2022. A study conducted in 2016 estimated there were 2.2 million visitors to Grand Haven’s boardwalk, McGinnis told the city council. In reviewing the parking issue, the committee studied paid parking initiatives in South Haven, Traverse City and Petoskey.mlive.com
Old Woodward project causing concerns for Birmingham residents
The final phase of remodeling one last part of Old Woodward in Birmingham was approved Monday (April 11) night at one of the city’s meetings. The goal is to help slow down traffic, provide safer pedestrian crossings and improve infrastructure in general.
Port Huron snow parking ordinance goes into effect Wednesday, Dec. 1
Warning notices to be issued for the first five days to remind homeowners of the city's snow ordinance that will go into effect Wednesday, Dec. 1. Parking on paved city streets will now be illegal during the hours of 2:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for snow removal.
Red meter bags now designate quick pickup parking spaces in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Need to quickly pick something up from a downtown shop but don’t want to pay for parking? Red meter bags now indicate which parking spaces in the downtown area are designated free, 15-minute curbside carryout spaces. The parking spaces were set aside in March by Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority as a way to help patrons and delivery drivers for restaurants and retailers pick up and drop off orders in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new bags and signage are labeled with “no parking, 15-minute loading/unloading.”“This necessary change preserves spaces for the intended purpose of free, short-term parking, in support of the curbside carryout service many restaurants and retailers are relying on, and enables enforcement of the 15-minute parking limit,” said the city of Ann Arbor in its December newsletter. Previously, orange meter bags were used to designate the curbside parking spots.
Two Ann Arbor council members move to dissolve Downtown Development Authority
ANN ARBOR – On Friday evening, two resolutions to dissolve the Downtown Development Authority were added to Monday’s city council meeting agenda. “If you don’t have a resolution on the agenda, it’s very hard to have a discussion at council,” said Griswold. We’re in the midst of a pandemic and downtown businesses are on their knees and DDA is working hard to find strategies. Pollay said that during the winter months, downtown businesses will face their toughest test yet. “The DDA is the only City entity that has offered and provided support through this pandemic.”Monday’s city council meeting will take place virtually at 7 p.m.
Watch out: Parking enforcers return to Detroit streets today
DETROIT Free parking ends Monday in Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan said parking enforcers will be back on the streets for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak in March. Detroit has more than 2,000 metered spaces, with many of them downtown and in the popular New Center and Midtown areas . Detroit residents who park too long or don't pay to park can get a 50% discount if a ticket is paid within five days. In February, the city had estimated $12 million a year in revenue from parking fines, although thats likely to be lower now because of the virus-related enforcement break.
Public parking facilities in Ann Arbor return to normal operations Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. On Monday, June 8, public parking facilities will resume normal operations according to the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. Staff are anticipated to return on Monday and modifications have been made to facilities, including social distancing reminders and plexiglass at payment centers. From March 18 to June 7, the DDA did not collect parking fees at public parking garages and non-metered spaces. Parking attendants were not on-site so as to reduce contact between drivers and staff. According to the DDA website, 150 on-street metered parking spaces will be available for free short-term parking for curbside pickup from Ann Arbor restaurants and retail shops.